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This is a discussion on Complete USED WRX Buying Checklist within the Car Purchasing Forum forums, part of the ClubWRX.net Marketplace category; Popular Mechanics just did an article on used car buying tips, and have a handy PDF checklist to take with ...

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    Popular Mechanics just did an article on used car buying tips, and have a handy PDF checklist to take with you when checking out a used car. Might be worth adding as an Appendix to your list. Article and checklist:

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars...getting-burned

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    thanks - added as a link
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    thank you for the advice veryhelpful

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    My dealership actually does free inspections for private party sales if anyone in the nj ny area is interested email me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by poly_poly-man View Post
    Mileage is not as important a factor as you'd think. A 2005 is about 6-7 years old now, so the "average" driver would have put somewhere between 72k and 100k on it. If a car has significantly less (around 30k or so), it probably wasn't used as anything but a track car (you can say this about STi's - a wrx with oddly low mileage was probably just mistreated). Just make sure the service records go by time and not mileage, and it's good. If the car has significantly more than that (around 150k), somebody liked the car. Just make sure the service records go by mileage and not time. Also, anything above about 100k - MAKE DAMN SURE that somebody either took care of or is taking care of the timing belt - or be prepared to do it yourself.

    In all, the shape of a car is quite a bit more important than the arbitrary number of miles it's gone. There are a lot of high-mileage (300k) original engine cars which I would much rather take over a car with 50k, a ton of bolt ons, and that's never been tuned for those bolt-ons.
    I recently bought a 2000 chevy silverado 1500 z71 with 282000km's and i just want to add that if a car has high mileage, and the engine or any moving parts are strangely clean... the owner may be trying to hide something such as an oil leak. Also, if the person has done any work himself, such as change spark plugs, wires, or distributor, or anything else you can think of, check his work. I ran into both of these problems with my truck. First of all, the previous owner had steam cleaned the block before putting it up for sale, the truck sat for months and water sat in a valley under the intake on the block and corroded the knock sensors ($900 job). Also, this same guy also changed the spark plugs, and little did I know, he did not torque them to spec, they eventually backed off, and aided in the creation of a bad engine knock which forced me to replace my engine ($5700 job) so if things look *too* clean, suspect foul play.

    P.S. I know a chevy isnt a subaru, but i think my experiences can apply to this thread.

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    Very good information I almost got burned so I wanted to thank you for putting up the list.

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    ive been looking trying to find something like this so i know what to look for and i was alil afraid on looking at any cars n getting screwed over but now i cant wait to get a wrx thanks guys

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